San Diego’s DA plans to give back almost $300k to cannabis business

December 15th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

With California gearing up to permit the sale of recreational marijuana, San Diego County’s top prosecutor has agreed to return $290,000 seized from a cannabis business owner last year. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that District Attorney Summer Stephan has settled an asset-forfeiture case involving James Slatic. Drug agents raided Slatic’s San Diego business, Med-West Distribution, [...]

Cannabis cafes and more may be on the horizon for Massachusetts

December 14th, 2017|Cannabis, Edibles, Legalisation, Medical|

The legal sale and consumption of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts came into much clearer focus this week, as state regulators said they are ready to authorize a wide variety of locations where consumers can buy and consume cannabis. Cannabis officials took preliminary votes to allow marijuana “bars” or cafes where cannabis products can be consumed [...]

British police officers are searching people due to the smell of cannabis, here is why that is wrong

December 14th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Police officers should not routinely stop and search someone simply because they smell cannabis, according to official guidance. While being caught in possession of the Class B drug can result in a five year prison sentence, police are being advised to walk away even if they strongly suspect someone may have been using the substance. The official [...]

It’s pleasure over pay for cannabis workers

December 14th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Cannabis workers appear optimistic about their future, according to a new study from PayScale, a compensation data and software company. According to the study, “68 percent of people working in the marijuana industry believe their employers have a bright future vs. 59 percent of American workers over the same time period.” Data were based on [...]

World Health Organisation finalises CBD rules

December 14th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

The use of the naturally occurring cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) possesses no likely abuse potential and therefore should not be subject to international drug scheduling restrictions, according to recommendations finalized today by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. Concludes WHO: “Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic [...]

Bay Area’s home cannabis growers must register with the police first

December 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A law California voters approved in November 2016 allows state residents to grow up to six marijuana plants for recreational use, but Fremont residents wishing to do just that under Proposition 64 will find things a little more complicated. Besides having to comply with several local regulations, they’ll also need to add their names and [...]

Colorado releases sales figures for cannabis

December 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

No longer will backwards math be needed to determine marijuana sales in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Revenue on Tuesday published a mother lode of previously unreleased sales data for the state’s marijuana retailers. “We know this information is highly desired by the general public, media and researchers,” Mike Hartman, the Colorado Department of Revenue’s [...]

Poorer cannabis defendants will be protected in Kansas City amid decriminalisation

December 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

On April 4, 2017, Kansas City residents decriminalized marijuana possession with an amazing 75% of voters supporting that move. The Initiative was led by NORML KC, the Kansas City Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The Petition decriminalized marijuana possession by eliminating arrests, eliminating the possibility of jail as a [...]

Five months after legalisation, Uruguay has sold recreational cannabis to over 16,000 users

December 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Five months after legalising recreational marijuana, there are more than 16,000 Uruguayans registered to buy the drug from pharmacies, up from 5,000 users in July. People in Uruguay can also grow plants at home, or become a member of a local Cannabis Club to withdraw up to 40g of marijuana per month. There are 70 [...]

Canadian provinces reach agreement on tax for recreational cannabis

December 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Canada's provinces will be getting the lion's share of the lucrative taxation revenues from legal cannabis. The provinces have agreed in principle to a two-year tax sharing agreement that gives them a 75% cut of those eventual revenues. Canada's governing Liberals are planning to legalise and regulate recreational marijuana by July 2018. Provinces had rejected [...]

Cannabis legalisation in Colorado has seen a decrease in teenage marijuana users

December 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Regular marijuana use among Colorado middle and high school students declined after the start of legal cannabis sales to adults in the state, new federal data show. The latest results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health align with data collected thus far by Colorado and, as such, seem to provide some added reassurance [...]

No health concerns arise from CBD use study finds

December 12th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

The use of the naturally occurring cannabinoid CBD is safe, well tolerated, and is not associated with any significant adverse public health effects, according to the findings of a preliminary reportcompiled by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. Authors of the report declare that CBD is “not associated with abuse potential” and that it does [...]

Cannabis business investment company looking to invest $50m

December 11th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A “blank check” company focused on acquiring ancillary businesses to the cannabis industry has filed registration documents for a future $50 million initial public offering, regulatory filings show. MTech Acquisition Corp., a newly formed firm headquartered in Orlando, Fla., plans to offer 5 million units of stock for $10 per unit, according to the filing [...]

Federal medical cannabis protection extension is only temporary

December 11th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Congressional leadership voted to enact a two-week continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through December 22, 2017. The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment until that date. The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own [...]

Humboldt officials want commercial cannabis farms to be limited to 1 acre per person

December 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The North Coast’s two state representatives are calling on the state to cap commercial cannabis farms to one acre per person, saying it will protect small farmers from being outcompeted by larger companies. However, some in the industry are saying reinstating the cap so close to the planned New Year’s Day rollout of the state’s [...]

Is Vancouver on course to become the new Amsterdam?

December 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Outside the Provincial Court of British Columbia (BC) in downtown Vancouver, a city regularly hailed as one of the best places to live in the world, there is a farmers market dedicated to marijuana – or “craft cannabis” as traders like to call it. Glass jars filled with the drug are lined up on tables [...]

Medical cannabis is safe, for now

December 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

The House on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill. The measure passed mostly along party lines, 235-193, and would keep the government running through Dec. 22. The Senate was expected to swiftly [...]

Ohio officials want to freeze license of cannabis grower

December 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

A chorus of state and local officials on Wednesday called for a freeze on state-issued medical marijuana growers'  licenses after learning one of the consultants hired to grade license applications is a convicted drug dealer. "It’s possible that this just looks horrible and there's not a problem, but I wouldn’t put money on that,'' according to State [...]

San Francisco recreational cannabis waiting to be signed off by city’s mayor

December 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

San Francisco is another step closer to allowing recreational marijuana sales to start in January after city leaders approved regulations in a mandatory second vote Tuesday. Mayor Ed Lee’s office said he will sign the rules that retailers and growers need to get state permits. The regulations were surprisingly tough for San Francisco to settle [...]

Los Angeles sets rigid rules for cannabis

December 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Los Angeles is in line to become the nation’s largest city with legal recreational marijuana after the City Council voted Wednesday to license sales and cultivation next year. The landmark vote came after a hearing in which council members characterized the rules as a work in progress, almost certain to see revisions next year after [...]

Oregon pot shops switch to recreational as medical cannabis sales drop

December 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

A medical marijuana card used to be the key to buying and possessing pot in Oregon. But the rise of recreational marijuana is making the cards primarily valuable only as a discount card, and not a necessity to buy, said Sam Elkington, owner of Track Town Collective in Glenwood. The card exempts the buyer from [...]

LAPD captain maintains innocence despite being on paid leave after cannabis grow scandal

December 5th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A Los Angeles police captain who is on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal department probe involving an illegal marijuana grow in Sun Valley says he has done nothing wrong, his attorney said this weekend. Capt. Phillip Smith, commanding officer of LAPD’s Rampart Patrol Division, was told to stay at home as internal [...]

Shoppers Drug Mart to begin stocking medical cannabis, pending Health Canada’s approval

December 5th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Canadian medical marijuana company Aphria announced on Monday it will supply Shoppers Drug Mart with medical cannabis to be sold online. If Health Canada approves the pharmacy’s application to become a licensed producer, the deal will be one of the first of its kind ahead of the legalization of recreational cannabis by next summer. The [...]

Could plunging cannabis prices in Colorado be bad news?

December 4th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Few industries are growing as quickly and consistently as legal marijuana, which is a big reason investors haven't been able to get enough of marijuana stocks in recent years. According to investment firm Cowen & Co., the legal U.S. cannabis market is expected to reach $50 billion in annual sales by 2026. On a more [...]

Maryland MMJ patients relieved as first dispensary opens

December 4th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Maryland began the sale of medical marijuana to residents in pain on Friday, ending years of delays by embarking on a program that features some of the most liberal policies in the nation on who can qualify for cannabis products. Dozens of people stood outside a licensed dispensary, Potomac Holistics, where owners began making sales [...]

Legal cannabis has seen alcohol sales decline

December 4th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Sales of alcoholic beverages decline following the enactment of medical marijuana access laws, according to a working paperauthored by a team of researchers from the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University. Authors evaluated the relationship between medical marijuana laws and retail alcohol sales for more than 2,000 US counties for the years 2006 to 2015. Alcohol sales [...]

Texas looking to start their medical cannabis program in January

December 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Medical marijuana is due to go on sale in Texas by the beginning of 2018, but this for sure is no Green Rush. Texas' Compassionate Use Act, passed in 2015, will only allow CBD formulations to be sold exclusively to patients with intractable epilepsy. Cannabis flower is prohibited under the program, and products may contain no [...]

Ohio announces who can grow medical cannabis

December 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

The tiny village of Mount Orab and the city of Akron are among diverse locations of the 12 large growers Ohio picked Thursday to participate in its medical marijuana program. In announcing the large cultivators and a final small grower, the state rounded out the list of 24 companies authorized to produce medicinal crops under [...]

Canadian cannabis advocate calls out ex-feds cashing in on the industry

December 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

One of Canada’s most prominent marijuana activists has taken aim at former police officers who have entered the country’s fledgling cannabis industry, saying it was “hard to stomach” that those who spent years sending people to jail for pot offences are now poised to profit as the country moves towards legalisation. “It’s a mix of hypocrisy [...]

UK: East Ayrshire Council member backs medical cannabis

November 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

A leading East Ayrshire Council member has given his backing to the legalisation of cannabis for medical use. In a remarkably frank interview, Councillor Jim Todd said tobacco and alcohol are more significant contributors to health and social ills than the class B drug. And following a vote in favour of drug policy reform by [...]

The paradoxical nature of cannabis laws as highlighted by The Netherland’s coffee shop case

November 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

With 3,000 customers a day, a restaurant, ample parking and turnover of €26m (£23m) a year, Checkpoint cafe, the largest cannabis-selling coffee shop in the Netherlands, was a fabulous commercial success. That was until it was closed down in 2009 for testing to the limits what the Dutch describe as their gedoogbeleid (tolerance policy), under which prosecutors turn [...]

Sessions claims he and his DOJ just discussed cannabis law enforcement in a big way

November 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Even as the U.S. Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration make major moves to stem the opioid crisis, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has marijuana enforcement on his mind. During a press conference Wednesday announcing new grants and DEA deployments designed to address opioid trafficking, Sessions revealed that his DOJ discussed federal marijuana enforcement policies the [...]

66 members of Congress urge Senate to maintain medical cannabis protection

November 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Today, sixty-six members of Congress representing both Republicans and Democrats sent a letter to Speaker Ryan, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, Leader Pelosi, and Leader Schumer urging them to maintain the federal protections for the 46 states that have implemented some form of medical cannabis programs throughout the country. This comes on the same day the [...]

Is this definitive proof that cannabis is better for you than alcohol?

November 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

If you've ever wondered which is worse, booze or weed, it appears that science finally has the answer. A comprehensive round-up of studies by the team over at IFLScience appears to show that cannabis really isn't as bad for you as alcohol is. It's also apparently much less addictive. For example, a study of the drug habits [...]

How to market your cannabis business

November 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

There was a time when seeing the headline above was about as likely as reading a Marketing Week story about the Power Rangers. However, over recent years, the tide of opinion around cannabis has changed so dramatically, it’s becoming a subject that’s far more palatable in the UK. In the US, there are now 29 [...]

Head of cannabis trade group becomes NJ Gov. Murphy’s chief of staff

November 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The Garden State could soon become a bit more green. Proponents of legalized marijuana in New Jersey are lining up in the aftermath of Phil Murphy’s election as governor, anticipating no-questions-asked pot sales to adults by late next year with an ally in the governor’s office. Murphy has named the head of a marijuana trade [...]

Canada’s federal cannabis bill gets through House of Commons

November 28th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

MPs passed the Liberal government's bill to legalize cannabis Monday evening, sending the legislation down the hall to the Senate for further study and debate. The legislation was largely supported along partisan lines, although it secured the support of the NDP and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. The final vote was 200 MPs in favour, [...]

Could recreational cannabis in New Jersey impact Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis industry?

November 28th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

The prospects for legal weed in New Jersey are looking better than ever after voters elected Phil Murphy to the governor’s office this month. But while the Garden State is eagerly anticipating the great financial opportunities that legal cannabis will bring, some members of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana industry are worried that easy access to recreational weed [...]

Another study, this time from New Mexico, finds legalising medicinal cannabis will reduce opioid use

November 28th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

University of New Mexico researchers say the legal availability of medical marijuana has the potential to reduce opioid use among chronic pain patients. The work of associate psychology professor Jacob Miguel Vigil and assistant economics professor Sarah See Stith was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE. The results indicate a strong correlation between enrollment in New [...]

Number of CBD users in UK has skyrocketed this year

November 27th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

The number of cannabis oil users across the UK has doubled in the space of one year, startling new figures reveal. Regulatory body data shows there are now 250,000 users across the home nations - up from the 125,000 recorded this time last year. Cannabis Trades Association UK also states there are now around 1,000 [...]

Plan for a Swiss cannabis farm to supply across Europe

November 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

In fields across Switzerland the harvest time for cannabis is coming to an end, and workers are distributing the crop to shops in France and Switzerland. Soon, the plants could be available across much of Europe. The man behind the operation is 31-year-old Jonas Duclos, a former banker, and what he is doing is legal. His [...]

Why Britain’s NHS should be prescribing CBD

November 27th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

With vast numbers of people taking addictive and hazardous prescription painkillers, more investment needs to be made into natural, cannabis-derived alternatives like CBD. Anyone who has suffered from chronic pain will know that the effect on your life can be extremely corrosive. Next time you see someone walking down the street looking miserable, consider this: [...]

Cannabis adverts no longer allowed on public transport in San Francisco

November 24th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

San Francisco’s public transit board has voted to ban marijuana advertising on its buses, trains and shelters, reversing its current policy. The San Francisco Examiner reports the board of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency voted Tuesday to prohibit pot advertising in advance of Jan. 1, when recreational weed becomes legal in California. The city still [...]

Pittsburgh medical cannabis groups prepare for final push toward opening day

November 24th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

PurePenn CEO Gabe Perlow says construction of the group’s 21,000-square-foot medical marijuana facility on a former McKeesport mill site was going smoothly this fall — that is, until they started excavating 6 feet of ground for the foundation. “Below 3 feet, we started hitting solid concrete,” he said earlier this week. They also ran into [...]

Case against correctional officers over cannabutter thrown out by judge

November 24th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A Michigan judge has thrown out a case against two former corrections officers who lost their jobs after being arrested and charged with possession of marijuana-infused butter. Michael Frederick and Todd VanDoorne were charged in 2014 following an early-morning, warrant-less search of their homes. Both were registered under the state’s medical marijuana law to use the [...]

San Diego’s legal growers plan to concentrate on three areas of the city

November 23rd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Most of San Diego’s pot farms and marijuana manufacturing sites will be concentrated in three areas of the city: Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa and near the Mexican border. More than 85 percent of such businesses proposed last week during an initial wave of applications are in one of those three areas. That’s primarily because of [...]

Man seeking legal recompense from state of Florida over medical cannabis delays

November 23rd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

A Florida nursery and a man who suffers from epilepsy filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Gov. Rick Scott’s administration that contends that state officials are flouting the state’s new medical marijuana law. It’s the latest legal challenge against the way Florida officials and state legislators have acted since voters approved medical marijuana a year ago. [...]

NY stock exchange allows new electronic trading fund for cannabis

November 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

For the first time ever, an exchange traded fund (ETF) with exposure to the marijuana industry has received approval to join the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The new ETF will provide investors with a simple way to access a burgeoning cannabis industry that some say is the biggest market opportunity of a generation. NYSE [...]

Confirmed: Colorado is better off after legalising cannabis!

November 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

While the supporters of Amendment 64 have been celebrating the fifth anniversary of the 2012 vote that legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, other groups are continuing to campaign against cannabis, including the Marijuana Accountability Coalition, which paid for an anti-pot billboard downtown this month that asked this question: Are you better off than you were five years ago? Answers Jeremy: [...]

Wyoming looking towards stricter cannabis laws

November 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A legislative committee has advanced proposals that seek to close loopholes in Wyoming’s marijuana laws. The Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance two draft bills to the 2018 budget session relating to the possession of marijuana and other products infused with its intoxicating agent. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that state courts have faced challenges in interpreting [...]

Weeks ahead of recreational sales, California releases it’s cannabis rules

November 17th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The largest legal marijuana marketplace in the U.S. is taking shape — at least on paper. California regulators released long-awaited rules Thursday that will govern the state’s emerging cannabis economy, from fields to retail sales. The regulations have been in development for many months and in some cases covered familiar ground: At first, the state [...]

Connecticut debate to include questions on cannabis reform

November 17th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The Connecticut state chapter of NORML and the Yale University branch of the group Students for Sensible Drug Policy will co-host the inaugural gubernatorial candidate debate of the 2018 governor’s race. Candidates will be asked to weigh in on questions specific to adult use marijuana legalization, criminal justice reform, hemp production, and the state’s current medical marijuana program, among [...]

NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns calls upon the NBA to lift cannabis ban

November 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns believes the NBA should permit the use of medicinal marijuana. In an interview with ESPN published Wednesday, the 22-year-old Towns said he agrees with former NBA Commissioner David Stern’s stance that the drug should be removed from the league’s banned substance list. Towns raised the issue when asked by an ESPN reporter what change [...]

Racial imbalance with minor cannabis arrests in New York

November 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

African Americans in the city of Buffalo (population 257,000) are disproportionately arrested for low-level marijuana possession offenses, according to an analysis of arrest data by the advocacy group Partnership for the Public Good. Researchers evaluated marijuana arrest data for Erie County, New York for the years 2012 to 2016. Countywide, blacks comprised 71 percent of all low-level marijuana [...]

Wisconsin democratic candidate Matt Flynn comes out in favour of cannabis

November 15th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Democratic candidate for governor Matt Flynn says if Wisconsin voters want to legalize marijuana, he’s all for it. Flynn on Tuesday called for the Republican-controlled Legislature to put a non-binding referendum on the November 2018 ballot asking if there’s support for the legalization and sale of marijuana. If it would pass, Flynn says as governor [...]

Colorado ski town on course to surpass $10m in cannabis sales this year

November 15th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Steamboat Springs marijuana sales are still on track to surpass $10 million this year, but for the first time there have been two consecutive months that have only shown single-digit increases over the previous year. Sales were up 9 percent in August and 5 percent in September over the same months in 2016. Steamboat marijuana [...]

Protect medical cannabis patients from Jeff Sessions!

November 15th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

During a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted his Department of Justice would be required to abide by budget amendments that restrict their use of funding to go after state-legal medical marijuana programs. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) grilled Sessions on a number of his Reefer Madness talking points including his comments stating marijuana consumers [...]

Will Arkansas see a decline in opioid deaths if they implement medical cannabis?

November 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Will implementation of medical cannabis in Arkansas reduce the use of potentially deadly opioid painkillers? Several medical studies indicate it will, but the conclusion of a recent study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information concludes it will take a one-two punch of medical cannabis and prescription drug monitoring programs to decrease opioid-related mortality. That same [...]

We may not bear the fruits until 2018 but the work towards cannabis tax revenue starts now

November 13th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Edibles, Legalisation, Medical|

The day after Election Day, Chris Lindley was smiling as he picked up campaign signs. It’ll be his easiest task for the foreseeable future, after helping pass Eagle County’s new marijuana tax. Ballot Measure 1A passed with 8,151 votes, 74 percent of the 11,056 ballots cast in the Tuesday, Nov. 7, election. “This is the [...]

Wisconsin may join other states in legalising cannabis

November 10th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Wisconsin would join a majority of other states in allowing the farming of industrial hemp under a bill sent to Gov. Scott Walker. The Wisconsin Assembly passed the bill unanimously Thursday. It cleared the Senate unanimously Tuesday and now goes to Walker. His spokesman Tom Evenson said Walker would review the bill but did not [...]

The journey to legal cannabis in California

November 9th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

I was deep into my second or third joint of the afternoon, lounging on a green leather Moroccan pouf in the shade, when an elegant older blonde in a bright floral dress rushed up to declare that I was urgently needed on stage. It was Susan Soares, the beloved marijuana advocate and ringmaster of the [...]

How Europe contributes to the cannabis industry

November 9th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

Poland has just legalised medical cannabis. Germany is considering selling it in pharmacies and dispensaries. Several African nations also are mulling it over. Even the United Kingdom seems to be considering the prospect (though the Prime Minister’s government is opposed, so one should not be surprised if it comes to nought). US Market Hits Speed [...]

Florida’s Matt Gaetz says the bad treatment of cannabusiness must end

November 9th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In 1981, a Tax Court judge ruled on tax deductions taken by Mr. Jeff Edmonson, a man with a unique business: the large-scale distribution of drugs. For the tax year in question, he had sold over a million tablets of amphetamine, a hundred pounds of marijuana, and nearly a pound of cocaine. Mr. Edmonson was [...]

Longmont, Colorado, votes in favour of cannabis taxation

November 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A proposal to increase Longmont’s municipal sales tax for public safety spending, as well as a measure that would impose a new sales tax on purchases of marijuana, were on their way toward easy victory Wednesday morning based on unofficial but still partial vote totals. Issue 2I would impose a special 3 percent sales tax [...]

Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s pro-cannabis candidate, claims victory as governor

November 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

After making the legalization of marijuana a core issue in both his primary and general election campaigns, Democratic candidate Phil Murphy has claimed victory in the New Jersey gubernatorial election over Republican Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. In fact, in his primary victory speech, Phil Murphy proclaimed his desire to sign a marijuana legalization bill within his [...]

Athens, Ohio removes all penalties for cannabis

November 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The Athens Cannabis Ordinance – better known as “TACO” – to completely remove all penalties for possessing, cultivating, and gifting of up to 200 grams of marijuana was approved by voters on election day by a vote of 77 percent to 23 percent. In November 2016, four Ohio municipalities – Newark, Logan, Roseville, and Bellaire – passed similar [...]

The plethora of taxes which will soon hit California’s cannabis market

November 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

California’s legal marijuana marketplace is coming with a kaleidoscope of new taxes and fees that could influence where it’s grown, how pot cookies and other munchies are produced and the price tag on just about everything. Be ready for sticker shock. On a retail level, it costs about $35 to buy a small bag of [...]

Poland green lights medical cannabis

November 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Polish pharmacists will be allowed to treat people with cannabis after the drug was legalised for medicinal purposes. Under new regulations that came into force on Wednesday cannabis from imported plants can be processed at Polish pharmacies - as long as it has been logged with the country's Office for Registration of Medical Products. Pharmacists are [...]

Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug looking for FDA approval

November 6th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

A CBD-based pharmaceutical drug in development is one more step closer to potential FDA approval. Earlier this week, London-based GW Pharmaceuticals plc, which operates in the United States as Greenwich Biosciences, wrapped up its New Drug Application for Epidiolex, a formulation of the cannabis compound cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of seizures associated with two specific [...]

Paul LePage vetoes Maine’s cannabis bill

November 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill passed by the Maine legislature 11 days ago to regulate the retail sale of marijuana. The Maine Legislature is set to return Monday to deal with any vetoes by LePage. The bill that sets rules for sales and taxes on marijuana passed with a two-thirds majority in the [...]

The need for a stable market outweighs merely legalising cannabis, but it’s a start

November 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In March of this year, Oakland City Council implemented the Equity Permit Program for aspiring marijuana entrepreneurs in the new green economy. This program is designed to address the past disparities in the cannabis industry by giving priority to the victims of the war on drugs and minimizing barriers to entry into the industry; ultimately [...]

Over 64% of Americans now in favour of legalised cannabis

November 3rd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Sixty-four percent of US adults, including majorities of self-identified Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, saythat the adult use of marijuana ought to be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled by Gallup. The percentage is the highest level of support ever reported by Gallup, which has polled the question since 1969. It is also the first time that a [...]

Both veterans and congress are looking for cannabis reform it would seem

November 3rd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Veterans are adding their voices to the growing chorus calling for changes in marijuana research and legalization. A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives, along with several combat veterans and the mother of a Marine who died by suicide after struggling with prescribed pharmaceuticals, came together in Washington on Thursday and urged Congress to advance efforts for [...]

California councilman goes on rant against cannabis advocates

November 2nd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Colfax, California Mayor pro tem Tony Hesch cursed out a resident last week during a City Council meeting for interrupting him during a debate on keeping some marijuana policies under local control in Colfax, California. Hesch referred to pro-marijuana advocates as “people who have wasted our freaking time” over the last three years. He and [...]

California airports introduce first cannabis ads

November 2nd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A cannabis company has an important announcement for travelers departing one of California’s busiest airports. “Cannabis is legal. Traveling with it is not. Leave it in California,” reads an advertisement placed in the bottom of trays used by travelers to move items through security checkpoints. Denver-based Organa Brands International, which makes vaporizers, edibles and other products, [...]

Cleveland city introduces cannabis zoning

November 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

City Council voted Monday to approve new zoning requirements that will prevent the sale of medical marijuana in about 95 percent of the city. The legislation, approved 15-1, limits the location of marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, production and refining facilities and research sites. The balancing act council members are trying to perform is to tightly [...]

Lawsuits against Arkansas regulators over cannabis license rejections

November 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Applicants seeking to open medical marijuana businesses in Arkansas are suing the commission overseeing the proposals. The lawsuits were filed last week and placed under seal in Pulaski County, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. They allege the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission wrongly assessed hundreds of applications last month when it rejected bids for failing to meet [...]

Is California’s medical marijuana legalisation alienating long-term patients?

October 31st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Medical cannabis dispensaries have existed within the state of California for a long time now, so much so that the Golden State is actually somewhat famous for them, but that was during the time of decriminalisation. So, this begs the question, how has everything changed in the age of legalisation? With California on the verge [...]

In very 1980s fashion, Sessions claims that drug addiction begins with cannabis

October 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Speaking at separate events Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump delivered remarks on drug policy that matched messaging straight out of the 1980s. “We’ve got to re-establish first a view that you should say ‘no’ – people should say ‘no’ to drug abuse,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at the Heritage Foundation, echoing [...]

Is cannabis legalisation just around the corner? Former Republican Chairman thinks so

October 30th, 2017|CBD, Legalisation|

There’s no better time than the present to discuss marijuana legalization according to Michael Steele, who helped shape national policy during his tenure as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Steele recently told Civilized that America is finally ready to take a critical look at its outdated drug policies. “Broadly speaking, the opportunity’s there now [...]

Top Colorado doc dismisses legalisation fears

October 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Contrary to the claims of many marijuana prohibitionists, regulating the adult use of cannabis in Colorado has not been associated with any significant adverse effects on public safety. So affirmed Colorado’s top doctor, Larry Wolk, Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health, in an interview Tuesday with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Specifically, Dr. Wolk said that [...]

Jeff Sessions urges to do his best to enforce the law

October 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In an interview with conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated his position against marijuana, his commitment to enforcing its prohibition, and expressed an openness to use RICO suits against businesses that handle the plant. Earlier this year Cully Stimson of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank that has a tremendous amount of influence [...]

Colorado debunks claims of cannabis prohibition

October 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Contrary to the claims of many marijuana prohibitionists, regulating the adult use of cannabis in Colorado has not been associated with any significant adverse effects on public safety. So affirmed Colorado’s top doctor, Larry Wolk, Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health, in an interview Tuesday with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Specifically, Dr. Wolk said that [...]

The battle for Denver’s 420 Rally is on the horizon

October 26th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A Colorado cannabis entrepreneur is making a play for control of the Denver 4/20 rally after its controversial aftermath this past April. Pepe Breton, co-founder of dispensary chain Euflora, regrets that his company was a title sponsor of the 2017 rally, he said Wednesday. But Breton isn’t just dropping support for the annual rally at Civic Center Park [...]

2/3 of Americans in favour of cannabis legalisation

October 26th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A record percentage of US adults, including majorities of Democrats, Independents, and for the first time ever, Republicans, believe that the adult use of marijuana should be legal, according to polling data released today by Gallup. Sixty-four percent of adults believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States” — the highest percentage ever reported [...]

Germany’s cannabis plans – what’s the big idea?

October 24th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Germany is proceeding down the path to officially grow its own medical cannabis crops. Medical use became legal this year, along with a federal mandate for cheap access. That means that public health insurance companies, which cover 90% of Germans, are now firmly on the hook if not front line of the cannabis efficacy issue. [...]

Nevada cannabis sales top a whopping $33 million in August alone

October 24th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Nevada is the state on everyone's lips at present in the cannabis industry. From it's struggles to it's successes, the state is very much a hot topic at the forefront of the cannabis industry, in part due to the major tourist attraction, the city of Las Vegas, being situated there. Nevada marijuana sales are sizzling. [...]

Cannabis legalisation in the UK would help rid the streets of super-strength skunk

October 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

You know times are getting weird when The Mirror, or any tabloid for that matter, speaks, somewhat, fondly of the idea of legalising cannabis. No matter where the information comes from, it is true that legalising cannabis would render a large portion of the black-market cannabis trade utterly obsolete. It would rule out much of [...]

New Zealand cannabis referendum coming in the next three years

October 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Yesterday, Jacinda Ardern beat the odds and became the youngest female leader in New Zealand's history at age 37. After spending a mere three months as leader of the opposition, New Zealand's Labour Party leader looks set to form a coalition with the New Zealand First party after no parties failed to secure a majority [...]

Maine Governor looking to start legal cannabis sales a bit later than originally expected

October 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Maine’s Republican governor is proposing that lawmakers consider simply delaying recreational marijuana sales, instead of passing a legislative re-write of the voter-approved marijuana law. The Maine Legislature is set to return Monday to consider a re-write offered by a legislative committee handling marijuana implementation. Republican House Minority Leader Ken Fredette said he is sponsoring Gov. Paul LePage’s [...]

More major Nevada cities could see recreational cannabis sales this weekend

October 19th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Nevada has had a bit of a slow start with it's legal, recreational cannabis industry. Since voting to legalise and subsequently attempting to implement cannabis into it's major city, Las Vegas, Nevada has been riddled with a number of problems, even those such as being able to supply cannabis in line with it's demand. A [...]

The 24-year old entrepreneur who is launching a cannabis career site

October 19th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

By 2026, the marijuana industry could be worth $50 billion annually, and 24-year-old Karson Humiston wants to bridge the gap between workers interested in cannabis careers and companies looking to grow their business. Humiston is the founder of online career platform Vangsters, which provides a central location for cannabis employers to find potential employees. The platform is [...]

Even MP’s have joined the cannabis tea party protest outside Parliament

October 18th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

MPs and activists gathered outside Parliament for a “cannabis tea party” demanding the legalisation of the drug for medicinal purposes. Organised by the United Patients Alliance, a group that hopes to legalise the drug for those suffering from chronic conditions, including multiple sclerosis (MS), the Labour MPs Paul Flynn and Tonia Antoniazzi appeared alongside the [...]

NFL looks towards cannabis law reform

October 18th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The National Football League, still in political crosshairs over whether players should take a knee during the national anthem, is throwing its weight behind another cause in Washington’s debate over racial inequality: Criminal-justice reform. The NFL’s spokesman said on Monday that the league has decided to endorse a bipartisan bill to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for [...]

African Americans 8 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis posession

October 17th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

African Americans in Pennsylvania are over eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are Caucasians, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU Pennsylvania report reviewed arrest data for all 67 counties from 2010 to 2016. Excluding Philadelphia, which decriminalized cannabis possession offenses in 2014, adult [...]

No plans for legalising cannabis growth in Jersey

October 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Senator Andrew Green was asked a series of questions about the legality of cannabis in a freedom of information request following the decision to reclassify cannabis-based medicinal products to treat certain conditions. No such products have yet been identified for reclassification. In its response to the request, Health stressed that the reclassification would not make [...]

Adults access to cannabis in Colorado has seen decline in opioid deaths

October 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Retail cannabis distribution in Colorado is associated with a reduction in opioid-related mortality, according to data published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Public Health. A team of investigators from the University of North Texas School of Public Health, the University of Florida, and Emory University compared changed in the prevalence of monthly opioid-related deaths [...]

Fortuna City Council move forward with plans for cannabis

October 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

During a joint meeting Monday evening, the Fortuna City Council and Planning Commission met to hash out the city’s proposed rules governing cannabis in the Friendly City. “Most communities, most cities in the state are wrapping up development of their ordinances now,” city manager Mark Wheetley said. “We’re trying to wrap all this up prior [...]

Federal Court sees battle over intellectual property in the cannabis industry

October 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A number of cannabis businesses have pursued federal intellectual property protection for their cannabis-related innovations, such as U.S. patents that protect novel cannabis plant varieties, growing methods, extraction methods, etc. Enforcement of such federal IP rights requires that the IP owner file suit in federal court asserting those rights against another cannabis company. However, given [...]

California growers suffering from financial woes and other stresses

October 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

“This time of year, everyone’s harvesting. And now, the annual paycheck that we’ve been working all year to earn may have been burnt to a crisp or will soon dry out due to lack of water.” The stresses felt by cannabis farmer Ahren Osterbrink, a Redwood Valley resident evacuated since the onset of the Mendocino [...]

Progress on cannabis sales proposal in Moreno Valley

October 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Moreno Valley is moving forward with a proposal that would allow recreational and medical cannabis sales along with other related activities. At the end of a Tuesday, Oct. 10, study session, City Council members asked officials from the Inland Empire city to bring them an ordinance that would allow for the sales, cultivation, manufacturing and testing [...]

Colorado cannabis revenue tops $1 billion in merely 8 months

October 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Legal marijuana is a bona fide billion-dollar industry in Colorado. And it’s hitting the mark faster than ever. In 2017, Colorado eclipsed $1 billion in marijuana sales in eight months; in 2016, it took 10 months. Colorado’s marijuana retailers logged upward of $1.02 billion in collective medical and recreational sales through August, according to The Cannabist’s [...]

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